World War II vet Delbert Belton beaten to death in Washington state

88-year-old World War II veteran Delbert Belton was beaten to death earlier this week. (Photo: CNN)

A juvenile is in custody in the beating death of an 88-year-old World War II veteran in Washington state Wednesday night.

According reports by CNN and, 88-year-old Delbert Belton was on his way into an Eagles Lodge in Spokane, Wash., to play pool when he was attacked by a pair of men and beaten. Belton, who survived injuries he sustained fighting on Okinawa during World War II, was transported to the hospital following Wednesday's attack but died the following morning.

"It does appear random. He was in the parking lot, it appears he was assaulted in the parking lot and there was no indication that he would have known these people prior to the assault," Spokane Police Major Crimes Detective Lieutenant Mark Griffiths said.

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